LG Display has halted the production of liquid crystal Display (LCD) panels that are used by iPhones. The factory that made these panels is apparently being converted into an automobile display panel making site.
According to TheElec report, the factory is being turned away from LCD panels used in iPhones to an automobile display panel site. The South Korean tech giant has halted the iPhone LCD production on its AP3 line at Gumi back in the third quarter of last year, and has even stopped making panels for other smartphones as well by the fourth quarter of 2020. For those unaware, the LCD line for iPhones has been low in terms of profitability for LG Display.
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This holds especially true now after the Cupertino based giant’s latest iPhone lineup has switched to OLED (organic light emitting diode) panels recently. Thus, the sale of OLED panel sporting iPhones is also expected to surpass that of the LCD panel models this year. At the moment, the Apple iPhone SE 2020, which uses an LCD panel, will be using LCD panels made by JDI and Sharp, which was previously attempted and failed by LG Display.
The company’s AP3 line will now focus on producing automobile display panels that will produce low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT). LTPS TFT is a better alternative to the amorphous silicon (a-Si) TFT panels that are used by LG Display, which the company plans on downscaling due to rivals like BOE from China and AUO from Taiwan. These LTPS TFT panels have become increasingly popular in new car models that are launching in recent times.
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